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Friday, September 17, 2021

Can Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes Deliver MLB’s First Sabermetric Pitching Triple Crown?

Yet even among this illustrious group, Corbin Burnes is enjoying the most spectacular season of all. The Brewers right-hander has posted his fair share of statement games, including a record-tying 10 consecutive strikeouts in a start in August and eight no-hit innings with 14 strikeouts in Milwaukee’s combined no-hitter in Burnes’s most recent start.

The totality of Burnes’s performance this season, moreover, is unprecedented. Right now, Burnes leads all qualified National League pitchers in both strikeouts (12.4) and walks (1.7) per nine innings; the only other AL/NL pitcher to lead his league in both is Walter Johnson, all the way back in 1913.

Oh, and Burnes is ahead of all other NL starters in home run rate, too, having surrendered just five dingers all season, or 0.3 per nine innings. Nobody has ever led his league in all three categories in the same season before./blockquote>

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2021 at 04:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Monday, August 23, 2021

The 2021 NL Cy Young Race Shows the Great Divide in Pitcher Evaluation

Award arguments aren’t really about the players. They’re about values. From blinkered partisans to quantitative hard-liners to narrative-obsessed clubhouse insiders, everyone who advocates for an award candidate is trying to sell you a way of looking at or thinking about the sport. The actual player on the ballot is merely an avatar for a system of evaluation….

That battle speaks to the second fault line in modern Cy Young voting: results versus peripherals. Getting more granular than wins and ERA was only the first step in baseball’s tumble into empiricism. Wins are the product of run prevention (runs allowed and ERA), which is the product of keeping runners off base. That in turn is a function of missing bats and inducing weak contact, which comes from command, sequencing, velocity, and movement. All this has been common knowledge in baseball coaching circles for more than 100 years, but in the past decade and a half, we’ve gained the ability to quantify those aspects of the game.

So which is more important, results or peripherals? Do we reward pitchers for excelling in the areas they can control, or for achieving what they set out to accomplish—recording outs and, yes, winning games? This divide has no clear empirically based choice, and no consensus among the sabermetric community. Of the three major computations of WAR, for example, Baseball-Reference uses runs allowed as the baseline for pitchers, while FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus use ERA estimators.

What makes this NL Cy Young race particularly interesting, then, is the clarity of the fault lines between quality and quantity and results and underlying stats. There’s a candidate for every worldview—plus a Goldilocks contender in Brandon Woodruff, who’s close to Burnes on the underlying numbers front and isn’t scraping quite as close to the minimum threshold for qualifying for the ERA title.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 23, 2021 at 09:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Burnes matches record with 10 straight K’s

Corbin Burnes did exactly what a pitcher is supposed to do after being spotted a seven-run lead before he throws a single pitch.

He filled the zone with strikes.

Burnes matched an AL/NL record by striking out 10 consecutive Cubs during one particularly dominant stretch of what was shaping into a masterful start on Wednesday at Wrigley Field, where Burnes joined Tom Seaver and Aaron Nola in MLB’s record books.

Seaver, pitching for the Mets, struck out 10 straight Padres on April 22, 1970, for a record that stood more than 51 years. That is until this season, where it’s already been matched twice. Nola, pitching against Seaver’s former team, whiffed 10 straight Mets on June 25; now Burnes has joined him, getting 10 consecutive strikeouts—all swinging—from the start of the second inning through the first out of the fifth on a hot and humid night on Chicago’s North Side.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 10:38 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Friday, May 14, 2021

Milwaukee Brewers ace Corbin Burnes sets record for strikeouts without a walk to start season

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes set the record for strikeouts without a walk to start the season Thursday, extending the mark to 58 before issuing his first pass of the season in the fifth inning of a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Burnes, 26, needed three strikeouts to pass the previous record of 51 strikeouts without a walk held by Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, set in 2017. Burnes struck out Dylan Carlson in the first inning and then Tyler O’Neill and Harrison Bader in the second inning to set the record.

“It was pretty cool,” Burnes said of the ovation from the crowd after breaking Jansen’s record. “Whenever you get them standing behind you like that, cheering you on, it definitely gives you some chills. Was a cool moment to do it at home.”

His strikeout total reached nine for the game through the fourth inning to set another major league record—strikeouts without a walk at any point in a season. He passed Greg Maddux (53) and Gerrit Cole and Curt Schilling (56 each) on that list. Maddux achieved the feat in 2001, and Schilling did it in 2002. Cole’s streak remains active.

Burnes’ streaks ended, however, in the fifth inning when he walked the Cardinals’ Tommy Edman.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2021 at 10:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Corbin Burnes Made a Few Tweaks and Made History

Given Burnes’ command woes, it’s awfully impressive that he hasn’t surrendered a walk over four starts. But to add to it, he’s also posted 11, 9, 10, and 10-strikeout nights over his first four starts, and the only run he’s given up was a solo home run during his first start.

This is all because of three changes, the first of which is the only one I had anticipated at all coming into this season. That change is Burnes’ cutter usage:

Burnes started leaning on his cutter more and more towards the end of last season, a change in which I bought into, based on Eno Sarris’ mentioning of Burnes’ superior Command+ grade on his cutter as opposed to his other offerings. Burnes has continued to throw it at a higher clip than he did in late 2020. That’s good! There’s a strong correlation between his cutter usage and walk percentage, but you already know that his walk percentage has decreased to zero!

The continued (and increased) reliance on his cutter is one thing, but it’s certainly not the only thing. The pitch has changed, too.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 12:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
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